Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

MODERATE 71 reviews

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

old growth

rocky

no dogs

The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high.

hiking
18 days ago

Very nice quiet, serene trail...we hiked on New Years Day and encountered 10 other couples... the ground was snow covered and the waterfall was mostly frozen, but very beautiful! Moderate in difficulty, in my opinion.

hiking
21 days ago

our first winter hike! first people on the trail and it was beautiful in the snow

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked it again yesterday, and it was the prettiest I have ever seen! #icywaterfall ❤️

hiking
1 month ago

Hen Wallow Falls is one of my favorite "not so popular" trails.
It is nice when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and go disappear into tranquility!

1 month ago

Just completed this trail, it snowed on us the entire time. its still a pretty trail, good views, and zero traffic. i would recommend this trail for all skill levels.

1 month ago

did this starting at Cosby campground up passed hens wallow falls. 13.2 round trip it was good nice and quite!!!

2 months ago

Nice gradual climb on a clearly defined trail. Enough it was wet, the kept the mud in check.

2 months ago

Not too strenuous and beautiful today with the fall color and nice temps. Hen Wallow falls was worth the hike. So pretty!

hiking
3 months ago

I would say this is a strong moderate as you climb non stop for the first half. Rocky surface. Not busy on a week day

hiking
5 months ago

It was steaming hot day but a great hike.

6 months ago

We had a great time on this trail. Saw a few other hikers enjoying the day, we even heard one lady singing as she hiked along. It was hot so the girls told us to go ahead and finish and they started working back. We got close to the falls but turned back after the black bear popped out. Looks like we missed out on a good fishing hole too. We'll try again on another trip.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Saw deer and only few other people. Rained heavily the day prior but trails dry. Trail wide enough in most spots so I could walk beside husband which was nice :). Several stream crossings and diversity of landscape so it was always something new and beautiful around the corner! Definitely bring bug spray though!

hiking
8 months ago

This was a last-last minute decision hike since we traveled 3 hrs and Max Patch road was inaccessible due to many downed trees. We pulled over and saw this on AllTrails, and we love the Cosby area, so it was perfect! For about 95% of the 2.2 miles the falls, there is all uphill, mostly a steady incline but enough to get your heart pumping! The forest is gorgeous as are the wildflowers in spring, the footbridges, and at last- Hen Wallow Falls at the end!! Go after lots of rain! This is a great place to picnic and relax. There are a few partial views of the surrounding mountains, too. Most of the way back is downhill and much faster descent. We termed this trail "Mount Cammerer's Little Sister" because of the 900 foot elevation gain on this trail. :)

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Beautiful views and waterfall is wonderful. We will return for sure.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail, well used. Nice waterfall. Be careful, the rocks at the base of the falls can be slick.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! 3 little foot bridges, moderate hiking, peaks at waterfall.

hiking
11 months ago

We really enjoyed the hike. We walked to the falls which was small, but very peaceful. We were wondering if there were bigger falls farther along the trail? We walked further for a bit and didn't find it. We didn't have time to keep walking. Part of the trail had lots of trees cut down which wasn't very pretty and sad actually. I loved the bridges for crossing the water. It was a nice day hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this trail!! Not an extremely difficult trail, I've just started hiking again and am a bit out of shape but I handled it well. Does have lots of rocks and stumps so pay attention. The falls were better than the pics showed, loved it will do it again

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great way to spend Christmas Day! Beautiful, peaceful and well maintained Trail of roots, rocks and colorful leaves.

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